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Brian Wood's X-Men saga continues! When Storm's field agents are kidnapped and a weapon of the X-Men's making goes missing, the X-Men must make a choice...the destruction of a life, or the survival of a weapon. Then, Storm's leadership is called into question in the aftermath of the "Mutant Scare." Will there be a new team member? And what side are they really on? The Storm Brian Wood's X-Men saga continues! When Storm's field agents are kidnapped and a weapon of the X-Men's making goes missing, the X-Men must make a choice...the destruction of a life, or the survival of a weapon. Then, Storm's leadership is called into question in the aftermath of the "Mutant Scare." Will there be a new team member? And what side are they really on? The Storm-Cyclops divide widens as the team starts to unravel, and Colossus has his own agenda. Will he leave the team to pursue it? Plus: Domino has always been lucky...or maybe the people around her are just unlucky. It's Domino vs. the X-Men! Collecting: X-Men 36-41


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Brian Wood's X-Men saga continues! When Storm's field agents are kidnapped and a weapon of the X-Men's making goes missing, the X-Men must make a choice...the destruction of a life, or the survival of a weapon. Then, Storm's leadership is called into question in the aftermath of the "Mutant Scare." Will there be a new team member? And what side are they really on? The Storm Brian Wood's X-Men saga continues! When Storm's field agents are kidnapped and a weapon of the X-Men's making goes missing, the X-Men must make a choice...the destruction of a life, or the survival of a weapon. Then, Storm's leadership is called into question in the aftermath of the "Mutant Scare." Will there be a new team member? And what side are they really on? The Storm-Cyclops divide widens as the team starts to unravel, and Colossus has his own agenda. Will he leave the team to pursue it? Plus: Domino has always been lucky...or maybe the people around her are just unlucky. It's Domino vs. the X-Men! Collecting: X-Men 36-41

30 review for X-Men by Brian Wood, Volume 2: Reckless Abandonment

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    This volume is billed as By Brian Wood v2, but considering only 1/3 of the book is by Wood, it seems a bit unfair to call it that. The first two issues deal with the finale of the Proto-Mutant story collected in the previous volume, and this is a solid story that is more to do with the team than anything previously, whilst resolving the Proto-Mutant stuff well enough. Then we get a two part story focusing on Domino, who has been relegated to pilot for most of Wood's stories, so it's nice to see h This volume is billed as By Brian Wood v2, but considering only 1/3 of the book is by Wood, it seems a bit unfair to call it that. The first two issues deal with the finale of the Proto-Mutant story collected in the previous volume, and this is a solid story that is more to do with the team than anything previously, whilst resolving the Proto-Mutant stuff well enough. Then we get a two part story focusing on Domino, who has been relegated to pilot for most of Wood's stories, so it's nice to see her get a bit of spotlight. Her team-up with Daredevil is enjoyable and has some snappy banter too. The final story is nothing we haven't seen before, as Storm's team battle a government team of superheroes over the fate of a brand new mutant who has appeared in the wake of AvX, but it's still a decent way to see the series out. David Lopez's art on the first two issues is as expressive and engaging as always, and Paul Azaceta and Matthew Southworth's contributions to the Domino story are well suited for the subject matter - the pair have a distinctive style that wouldn't fit other stories in this volume. The art in the final two issues is terrible however, with Jefte Palo (who is usually solid) and Guillermo Moggoron turning in some utter mess; I thought Iceman was a blue Hulk for an issue before Storm called his name. It's nice to see this series end on a decent high - it's been surprising all the way through, and it still managed to surprise me near the end too.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Arturo

    2 issues of more awesome by Brian Wood. (4 stars) 4 issues by Seth Peck, 2 are a Domino and Daredevil story and 2 of a 'discover new mutant, ask him to join while another group (a new Freedom Force) wants him instead.' Now I wish I could really say how the writing was, but the art just took me right out of it. (a star and half) 2 issues of more awesome by Brian Wood. (4 stars) 4 issues by Seth Peck, 2 are a Domino and Daredevil story and 2 of a 'discover new mutant, ask him to join while another group (a new Freedom Force) wants him instead.' Now I wish I could really say how the writing was, but the art just took me right out of it. (a star and half)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Frans Kempe

    The end of this run of X-men with three stories. One with a proto-mutant, one with Domino and Daredevil and the last with a new mutant emerging who can talk to cars.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jesse

    Better than the previous book, overall. The first arc was a conclusion to the previous book, and had some interesting character work. I still liked this version of Storm, and really liked the moments they gave to Pixie. Still not a fan of Colossus, but oh well. The next two-parter storyline was the absolute best, a Team-Up between Domino and Daredevil with great art, very Chris Samnee-esque (Matthew Southworth may have been an inker? The credits are a bit confusing). It was really fun and great Better than the previous book, overall. The first arc was a conclusion to the previous book, and had some interesting character work. I still liked this version of Storm, and really liked the moments they gave to Pixie. Still not a fan of Colossus, but oh well. The next two-parter storyline was the absolute best, a Team-Up between Domino and Daredevil with great art, very Chris Samnee-esque (Matthew Southworth may have been an inker? The credits are a bit confusing). It was really fun and great looking. My only regret in it is that they didn't hook up at the end. The final two issues were mostly terrible, with some of the worst art I've ever seen, and a mostly dumb fight. The resolution, wherein Storm allows a "newly woke" mutant to go with the fucked up Government group Freedom Force was a little different, not what I was expecting. Also, Chamber's costume in it was pretty cool, I will say that. All in all, a pretty decent X-book and a great ending to X-Men, Volume 3. I was especially happy to have the Daredevil issues so that my title I came up with for when I bind this run; "Time For a Team-up" will still mostly apply.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Judah Radd

    Very few complaints. Starting with the last tpb, Brian Wood has really done a bang-up job of resuscitating this title. 36-39 are pretty damn awesome, and the art is great. 40-41 is why this book doesn’t get 5 stars. The story is a very stock X-Men recover new mutant type thing. The twist? Not that interesting. And the art for 40 and 41 is really lousy, especially considering the rest of the book. Does anything earth shattering happen? No. Just some fun stories. The best was the Domino and Daredevil Very few complaints. Starting with the last tpb, Brian Wood has really done a bang-up job of resuscitating this title. 36-39 are pretty damn awesome, and the art is great. 40-41 is why this book doesn’t get 5 stars. The story is a very stock X-Men recover new mutant type thing. The twist? Not that interesting. And the art for 40 and 41 is really lousy, especially considering the rest of the book. Does anything earth shattering happen? No. Just some fun stories. The best was the Domino and Daredevil team up. I’d love to see more of that. Their buddy cop adventure was a blast. Not mandatory reading, but a fun way to spend 25 minutes.

  6. 5 out of 5

    C

    Continuing the great x-read of 2017/18... So Brian Wood only wrote the first third of it - which was really good and makes me continue to wish that he had been given a much longer tenure on the 616 x-books. The second story - a team up between Domino and Daredevil that is comics cliché but pretty fun has pretty poor art and the third story is pretty awful, honestly. It's a story that has been done a million times over in the comics and much better than it was done here. A bit of a sad end for a bo Continuing the great x-read of 2017/18... So Brian Wood only wrote the first third of it - which was really good and makes me continue to wish that he had been given a much longer tenure on the 616 x-books. The second story - a team up between Domino and Daredevil that is comics cliché but pretty fun has pretty poor art and the third story is pretty awful, honestly. It's a story that has been done a million times over in the comics and much better than it was done here. A bit of a sad end for a book that was getting much better under Wood's writing.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Eric Rickert

    Not into this shitty protagonist narrative. Storm is a goddess, c'mon. Not into this shitty protagonist narrative. Storm is a goddess, c'mon.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    This was throw-away. Nothing of super importance, although the Domino-Daredevil side story was interesting. I would have liked to see that go further.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Garrett Ballendine

    Such an awful directionless title.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Joe Young

    Brian Wood - writer Alvaro Lopez - illustrator In a conclusion to the storyline of "Blank Generation", Storm and her group find a living proto-mutant. Somehow, Gabriel Shepherd has managed to hide from humankind in plain sight despite being a centuries-old genetic abberation. Once they know what to look for, Storm and the X-men track him down in short order. Cyclops has gotten wind of what Storm is up to and wants Gabriel brought to him. Storm doesn't want to bring Gabriel to Cyclops so everybody Brian Wood - writer Alvaro Lopez - illustrator In a conclusion to the storyline of "Blank Generation", Storm and her group find a living proto-mutant. Somehow, Gabriel Shepherd has managed to hide from humankind in plain sight despite being a centuries-old genetic abberation. Once they know what to look for, Storm and the X-men track him down in short order. Cyclops has gotten wind of what Storm is up to and wants Gabriel brought to him. Storm doesn't want to bring Gabriel to Cyclops so everybody yells at one another. Gabriel is all like "F this" and teleports with Pixie to a deserted island. Gabriel reveals that he doesn't want to used by humans to hurt mutants, so he teleports himself into another reality. Yep, that happens. See, Gabriel is basically omnipotent so none of this matters since he can just Deus Ex Machina himself out of the story. It's a plot twist that's supposed to be poignant, but just left me feeling "meh". There's also a fun story about a team-up between Domino and Daredevil, and the first story in the new X-Men series with Chamber, Pixie, Iceman, Angel and Storm trying to recruit a newly awakened mutant before the government (with their evil, governmental ties to the Hellfire Club) can scoop him up. A mixed bag overall. 3/5

  11. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    Human Being (36-37). This story is a beautiful coda to “Blank Generation” that also does a great job of characterizing Ororo’s X-Men team and setting up interesting dilemmas among them. [8/10] Unfortunately, that story _should_ have gone in the last volume, both because it’s the natural conclusion to the story and it’s the last story by Brian Wood. The rest is by Seth Peck, who is mediocre, and isn’t the author I wanted to read beside. The Boneyard (38-39). Peck’s first story isn’t even an X-Men s Human Being (36-37). This story is a beautiful coda to “Blank Generation” that also does a great job of characterizing Ororo’s X-Men team and setting up interesting dilemmas among them. [8/10] Unfortunately, that story _should_ have gone in the last volume, both because it’s the natural conclusion to the story and it’s the last story by Brian Wood. The rest is by Seth Peck, who is mediocre, and isn’t the author I wanted to read beside. The Boneyard (38-39). Peck’s first story isn’t even an X-Men story. It’s a Domino & Daredevil team-up which is OK, but it’s only real saving grace is that it’s quite funny at times [6/10]. Tin Man (40-41). Peck’s second story is unfortunately worse. It starts with a cliched in-the-danger-room fake out, then moves on to a meaningless fight against a brand-new Freedom Force that has no character. No humor in this strip either. Overall, a big yawn [4/10]. Overall, I feel ripped off by this volume because of the bad bait and switch.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jacki

    Honestly, I really wanted to like this one. I wanted more of the proto-mutant story line and we were just left absolutely hanging. Why introduce a new character to have him disappear in a matter of pages? He played no real role. And what about the fall out between Storm and Colossus? We're left with more questions than when we started, and if they're not going to be addressed, that is, at the very least, poor planning. Then what, we're just thrown a couple other story lines that have no real con Honestly, I really wanted to like this one. I wanted more of the proto-mutant story line and we were just left absolutely hanging. Why introduce a new character to have him disappear in a matter of pages? He played no real role. And what about the fall out between Storm and Colossus? We're left with more questions than when we started, and if they're not going to be addressed, that is, at the very least, poor planning. Then what, we're just thrown a couple other story lines that have no real connection? I didn't even want to read the rest of the volume because it felt very one-shot and I like to care about the character arcs.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Bryson McCheeseburger

    Less than stellar ending to the series, but I did like the small Domino/Daredevil Team Up added in. Wood seemed to have a good plan going into the series after Gischler, but he really just let it slide. A great series, which is why I still give it four stars, but alone, this book wasn't much other than a cool Daredevil crossover. Less than stellar ending to the series, but I did like the small Domino/Daredevil Team Up added in. Wood seemed to have a good plan going into the series after Gischler, but he really just let it slide. A great series, which is why I still give it four stars, but alone, this book wasn't much other than a cool Daredevil crossover.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ian James

    I enjoyed this collection though i was bit confused. when i ordered it i thought it was part 2 of the new xmen series. I will say this i never read anything about domino and i was impressed.....Is there a collection for her?

  15. 4 out of 5

    ribbonknight

    I liked this as a wrap-up to the story's arc. I particularly enjoyed Pixie as a character. Sadly, didn't care as much for the Domino/Daredevil story. But I think I'm getting the swing of X-Men, sort of? I liked this as a wrap-up to the story's arc. I particularly enjoyed Pixie as a character. Sadly, didn't care as much for the Domino/Daredevil story. But I think I'm getting the swing of X-Men, sort of?

  16. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

    3.5 out of 5. The Wood-written issues were fine, if a somewhat abrupt end to his proto-mutant story. The other two-issue arcs weren't as good with the Daredevil/Domino story offering a nice crossover/solo story perspective. 3.5 out of 5. The Wood-written issues were fine, if a somewhat abrupt end to his proto-mutant story. The other two-issue arcs weren't as good with the Daredevil/Domino story offering a nice crossover/solo story perspective.

  17. 4 out of 5

    christina

    a continuation of Storm not getting the recognition she deserves. lol

  18. 4 out of 5

    Willow

    If it weren't for the Domino/Daredevil team-up storyline in this volume, it would've gotten a lower score. Those two issues are great. The rest very subpar. If it weren't for the Domino/Daredevil team-up storyline in this volume, it would've gotten a lower score. Those two issues are great. The rest very subpar.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    Individual issues on marvel unlimited

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jacob

    Public library copy.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Geoff Derks

    I highly enjoyed the Domino/Daredevil issues. Other than that, a so-so ending to a so-so run.

  22. 4 out of 5

    SmokingMirror

    The Brian Wood series has been disappointing. I'm not sure that he and X-Men were a good fit. The Domino stuff was fun, and it was nice to see Daredevil in a different setting. The Brian Wood series has been disappointing. I'm not sure that he and X-Men were a good fit. The Domino stuff was fun, and it was nice to see Daredevil in a different setting.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mimi

    3 stars but only because of the Domino/Daredevil team up issues.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Jade

    Not the best collection here. Starts off interesting but just goes downhill. love me some domino though

  25. 5 out of 5

    Aaron Amend

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jason

  27. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rob Marney

  29. 5 out of 5

    Francisco Belmonte

  30. 4 out of 5

    Villain E

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